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Romney controversy points to power of viral video

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

 

 

Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

Nearly 6 million Americans -- significantly more than first estimated-- will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.

 

 

Housing recovery gains momentum in August

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

A jump in sales of previously occupied homes and further gains in home construction suggest the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum.

 

Has the economy bottomed out? Census data suggests it has

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing.

 

Justice Dept faulted in gun-trafficking operation

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

The Justice Department's internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that disregarded public safety and resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.

 

 

LSU police make arrest La. man in bomb threat

Posted 9/20/2012 in National

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man in the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the LSU campus earlier this week but don't believe he is connected to threats made against three other universities recently.

 

Harvard scholar: Papyrus shows reference to wife of Jesus

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identifies as Mary.

 

Texas town's rental ban to get second hearing

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

A Dallas suburb's long, expensive fight to ban illegal immigrants from renting homes will have perhaps its most important hearing before a largely conservative group of judges with the power to influence the national immigration debate.

 

 

Carter grandson arranged Romney video's release

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

Midway through a routine Internet search, James Carter IV stumbled upon a video that just didn't seem right.

 

Chicago students returning to class

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

Students prepared to return to class today after Chicago teachers voted to suspend their first strike in a quarter century, shutting 350,000 children out of school, disrupting the daily routines of thousands of families and making the city's schoolyards a flashpoint for union rights and public school reforms across the country.

France ups embassy security after prophet cartoons

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

France stepped up security at some of its embassies today after a satirical Parisian weekly published crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister said he would block a demonstration by people angry over a movie insulting to Islam as the country plunged into a fierce debate about free speech.

Secondhand clothes from West flood Nigeria markets

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

At Nigeria's Katangua Market, that castaway from the West means big money. Shipping container after shipping container arrive in the market in Lagos, filled to the brim with plastic-wrapped bales of secondhand clothes from the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

Romney: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people."

 

Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity.

 

Randy Newman writes new satirical, political song

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Randy Newman is weighing in on the presidential election, and he's playing the race card through a song he wrote called "I'm Dreaming."

 

 

Chicago teachers to consider offer, ending strike

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

 

Video shows Libyans trying to rescue U.S. ambassador

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Libyans tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens, cheering "God is great" and rushing him to a hospital after they discovered him still clinging to life inside the U.S. Consulate, according to witnesses and a new video that emerged Monday from last week's attack in the city of Benghazi.

 

PBS American Experience film plumbs Civil War's staggering toll

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering Tuesday night, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.

 

Violent clashes over anti-Islam film in three nations

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against an anti-Islam film torched a press club and a government building in northwest Pakistan today, sparking clashes with police that left at least one person dead.

 

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